Friday, 31 May 2013

Spitfire - Prodigy

What could be described as a sparkling summers day, but if the lack of birds remained the same then "It Might As Well Rain Until September". It certainly started that was as Barleycrates produced little more than the pair of breeding Swallows at the stables. However, reaching the edge of the West Cliff things started to improve as a slow trickle of Hirundines passed overhead with House Martin being most numerous, Swallow much less so and a surprise at the sight of a tardy Sand Martin.
unfortunately only an in-flight singleton which drew attention to itself
by a few high pitched 'peeps'.
 Next on show was an equally vocal
 along with c2 Tree Pipits and c3
close to the Old Higher Light, the latter being an addition
to the Year List.
What is thought to be
was in full bloom on the cliff edge while from there were also seen
 a host of GUILLEMOT along with a single
RAZORBILL (centre top)
 some early morning fast anglers and a few
 What looked every bit like a predated

seemed to of some interest to one of the local RAVEN
 as another RAZORBILL floated passed at a better distance.
 Good numbers of GREEN-VEINED WHITEs were on the wing
 along with this distinctive SOLDIER BEETLE
 as I reached
where I lingered for a while in the now hot sunshine.
 While there, fly-bys included
 SHAG then the strangest thing.
 A REED WARBLER (not this one)
'flycatching' among the rocks.

AMMONITE FOSSIL preceded a look at the

rejuvenation of plants in the roped off area at the Bill
which seems to be progressing very well.

From there it is no more than a hop, skip and jump to the Obs Quarry where the LITTLE OWL too quite some finding almost out of sight in a crevice well below its usual perch. Another Year Tick! Even less distance to the Bird Observatory itself for a very welcome coffee and chat to those present there this morning. Relaxed on a bench the silence was shattered by what was to be the most exciting aeriel sighting of the day a
 SEA FURY Fighter Aircraft
which was on view for less that a minute as it zoomed fairly low over the lighthouse and disappeared to the north east.
The roadside verges on the way back to Sweethill are now an absolute picture with an array of wild flowers,
 while on the way WALL BROWN BUTTERFLY also fell to the lens.


  1. Nice shots of the Sea Fury Paul. Its from the RN Historic Flight based at RNAS Yeovilton and you can see the 'VL' Yeovilton code on the tail.
    A place I know very well.

  2. Had a feeling you would be able to put me right on this one Roy. Martin cade (Warden PBO) had already suggested Sea Fury relating to his childhood Airfix model. Always good to hear from you matey and have a great June.